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The Absent One | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Absent One

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....
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Publisher's Summary

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    Would you listen to The Absent One again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were interesting enough that the "mystery" was only half the fun.


    Any additional comments?

    While not an edge of your seat thriller, the characters were engaging and there was just enough of a twist on tried and true formulas to make it fresh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-09-13
    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Complicated at first"

    You need to read/listen to the first book in the series to be able to follow the main characters since, like in any series they develop in relation to one another. I loved this book. It was well read and the plot flowed very nicley.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 06-04-13
    Librarian OK, USA 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Who knew?"

    Titles can tell much about a book. The Danish title is "The Pheasant Killers", the U.K. title "Disgrace" is apt, and the U.S. is "The Absent One". If you listen to this story, you may see the relevance of each version. I so enjoyed "Keeper of lost Causes", (Danish "The Woman in the Cage", U.K. title "Mercy"), that I bought the 2nd in the series as soon as it was available on Audible and saved the "listen" for a rainy day. Sorry I did!

    I usually relish international crime and especially British & recently Nordic Noir. In the first novel the author avoided brutal violence. But "The Absent One" is a big disappointment with detailed & repetitive sadistic brutality to humans and animals. Senseless! Few reviews I have found, warn of the explicit ruthlessness. For me this is beyond rating XX. Be forewarned neither the author nor translator glossed over the violence.

    Only Steven Pacey's narration has any redeeming feature & even it is brought low by the unpleasantness. The British & other accented Danish characters are not a distraction for me because I can accept some Danes do speek this way & if they were speaking in Danish I would not be able to understand them. If the characters spoke in American accented English, the book would seem much less international to me!

    The storyline is more a police (Dept. Q) procedural with a 3 way search for individuals. We know who the perpetrators are from the beginning. The interaction between Morck, the Dept. Q staffers, other officers & Danish public is the only relief from the depravity of the story of the pheasant killers. It shows humor & binds the 2 novels together. The next installment "A Conspiracy of Faith", (Danish "Message in a Bottle", U.K. "Redemption") will have to wait while I recover & buy another Karin Fossum mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-10-13
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Incredible Charaters"

    This story was very engrossing. As you learned more about the "bag lady" who truly was one of the bad guys of the story you can't help but root for her to get revenge against the other baddies of the story.

    The main charaters are stong as well and the story was very engrossing.

    I completely enjoyed it and can't wait of another book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent thriller"

    I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.

    The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.

    Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.

    I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-29-13
    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "My hgh has come down . . ."

    3.5 stars. Awh, my high from book one in this series has come down. There was no mystery in this one. You knew the culprits from the beginning so it was more a revenge story but just ok not great at all. Looking at reviews from the country of origin this book stumbles but book three picks it all back up so I will definitely try when it's released in the states. It's not bad at all just a let down after reading the near flawless first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JRM Buffalo, NY 01-26-13
    JRM Buffalo, NY 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Carl Mørck is the next best thing to Joona Linna"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    The plot was spectacular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Kimmie's every display of TLC when she was with her most treasured possession.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job making the voices sound different.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel sad for Kimmie. I knew full well what she was, but it was largely the fault of the people who'd damaged her throughout her life. A pitiful creature who did AND didn't deserve her fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lavinia Wichita, KS, United States 10-30-12
    Lavinia Wichita, KS, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    A bit too obvious - people are a bit too complacent with the evil ones! The main characters are great! I got caught up in them and would most certainly give this series another chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosetta Polk 10-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "What A Difference"

    I loved being introduced to the characters in "The Keeper of Lost Causes" and Erik Davies portrayal of each one was great. I did not enjoy Steven Pacey's acting nearly as well and thus did not enjoy this book as much as the first one in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 10-18-12
    Ronna United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Departmentt Q gets another psychological thriller!"

    Thrills and suspense continue in Department Q, where closed cases come to light in a new way. Detective Carl Morck, and his office staff, a pesky Muslim, and mouthy Ruby, work in the basement of a Denmark police station. As the laughing stock of the station, they find themselves working against the system most of the time.

    A case file mysteriously finds it's way on Carl's desk. Strangely, it's not a cold case, but a closed case. So why is it on his desk. As his department Q starts checking it out, it becomes obvious that there are a number of very rich and powerful people involved in numerous assault and murder cases. There is also a mysterious bag lady, Kimmie, that everything seems to revolve around. Many people seem to want to find Kimmie, but she's successfully kept under the wire for most of her life.

    The thrills and suspense driving this case bring up more and more past murders, but the rich and powerful main players are cunning and sadistic in keeping their secrets. Without giving anything more away, you will grow closer and closer to Kimmie, who has a tragic and terrible story of her own---will you become more and more sympathetic to her or more and more disgusted by her?

    This second department Q mystery keeps the thrills going at a frantic and psychological pace that leaves you hoping that book three will be translated into English immediately!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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